Update on the latest in sports:
Butler’s 76ers debut highlights 11-game NBA schedule
UNDATED (AP) – Jimmy Butler is expected to make his debut with the Philadelphia 76ers tonight, when they play the Magic in Orlando.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Butler maintained he’s not concerned about getting enough touches on an offense that features Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, JJ Redick and Markelle Fultz. Butler says he’s “great at sharing the ball, moving without the ball,” adding that if he feels he needs the ball, he’ll “go steal it” or “go get an offensive rebound.” He says with a lineup like the 76ers’, he expects it will be “easier than having to create all the time in iso situations and off the pick-and-roll.”
Elsewhere are around the NBA, Cleveland will look to secure just its third win of the season when the Cavaliers visit Washington tonight. The Wizards are coming off back-to-back wins, but that doubled their win total for the season. They’re off to a rough 4-9 start. The LeBron-less Cavs are 2-11, matching the Phoenix Suns for the worst record in the NBA.
Speaking of the Suns, they’ll get a visit tonight from the San Antonio Spurs, who are currently tied with Memphis for the Southwest Division lead.
Memphis is in Milwaukee tonight to play the 10-3 Bucks.
In earlier starts, Boston hosts the Bulls, Detroit visits Toronto and Brooklyn is home against the Heat.
New Orleans is at Minnesota, the New York Knicks are in Oklahoma City, and Utah is at Dallas.
The late start has LeBron and his L.A. Lakers hosting another 10-3 club, the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stanley Cup champs roll into Winnipeg
UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Capitals have had an up and down start to their defense of the Stanley Cup. But after starting a four-game road trip with a win in Minnesota last night, they’ll be right back on the ice tonight in Winnipeg, looking to get on a roll.
Elsewhere, the St. Louis Blues visit the Blackhawks in Chicago, Colorado hosts the Bruins, and the Anaheim Ducks pay a visit to Las Vegas, to play the Golden Knights.
Villanova-Michigan in early clash
UNDATED (AP) – The headline matchup in college basketball this week is tonight, when No. 8 Villanova hosts No. 18 Michigan.
It’s a re-match (of sorts) of last year’s national championship game. That one turned out to be the final stop in the Wildcats’ romp through the postseason, ending with a second NCAA title in three seasons.
The top team in the polls, Duke is also hosting a Michigan team: Eastern Michigan.
No. 9 Auburn faces Mississippi College, No. 10 Kentucky is on the court against North Dakota, while No. 11 Michigan State plays Louisiana-Monroe.
No. 19 Clemson takes on Sam Houston State, and No. 24 Marquette is at Indiana.
DraftKings, Resorts fire latest shot in sport book arms race
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – DraftKings and Resorts Casino are firing the latest shot in New Jersey’s sports book arms race, with a full-fledged sports betting facility due to open in a week.
The two companies told The Associated Press it will open on Nov. 20 near where patrons walk in off the Boardwalk.
It is the latest ambitious offering in a scramble by New Jersey casinos, racetracks and bookmakers to have not only an online operation, but also a game-day physical facility to attract and hold fans as they bet, eat and drink.
Six of the seven Atlantic City casinos that offer sports betting are operating in smaller temporary quarters with plans to expand to full-blown sports books in the coming months; the Ocean Resort casino opened with a full sports book in June.
OLYMPICS 2026 – CALGARY BID
Majority of Calgary voters say ‘no thanks’ to 2026 Olympics
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – A majority of Calgary voters are saying “no thanks” to a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, and while the vote is nonbinding, the future of the bid appears bleak.
Residents voted Tuesday on whether they wanted to pursue an Olympic bid, and 56 percent of voters chose “no.”
Unofficial results showed that out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 cast ballots and 171,750 of those voted against the Olympic bid. The vote is expected to influence the city council, which has the final say on whether to move forward.
An end of the bid by Calgary, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988, would leave Stockholm and a combined bid from two Italian cities as the only remaining contenders for the 2026 games. The future of Stockholm’s bid is also uncertain because the local government has balked at spending taxpayer money on the event.
The Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement it was disappointed by the results.